Mr. McCrossen and his cronies have had years to fix levee problems. Katrina revealed the Levee Boards' utter failure to maintain the levees and protect New Orleans (though I am still pretty pissed at the ACoE). Because of this failure they lose their right to whatever "hidden benefits" being a political appointee on the Levee Board means. The gravy train is over, Mr. McCrossen. Find a real job.
I grew up in Metairie, LA and lived in actual New Orleans for 12 years. The day that I turned 30, I moved to New Jersey and then to Easton, PA 4 years ago. As luck would have it, I was in New Orleans when Katrina approached and evacuated to Jackson, MS. Other than that, I am a Latin and history teacher at a small, independent school in NJ. I miss New Orleans a lot, think about it all the time, and try to go there whenever the work schedule allows.